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 By :  Dr Andrew Loveridge Project Leader Hwange Lion Research Project andrew.loveridge@zoo.ox.ac.uk www.wildcru.orgIn October 1999, I drove a newly acquired, but decidedly second-hand, Land Rover into the car park at Sikumi Tree Lodge, a photographic safari lodge bordering Hwange National Park. I was about to start work as a post-doctoral student studying the lion of Hwange area. Sikumi was to be my home for the next three years through the hospitality of Alan Elliott and Touch the... Read On
Posted In: Hwange
  www.satibtrust.comSATIB Conservation Trust (SCT) recently hosted its first benefit dinner and auction sale in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, at the  Mount Edgecombe Country Club. The purpose of the benefit was to raise funding for selected research projects in Southern Africa. Ten prizes donated by various hotels, lodges and artists in South Africa and Zimbabwe were auctioned off by expert auctioneer, Ian Wyles. Prizes included original artwork, posters, weekends away and... Read On
Posted In: Hwange
 By: LAWRENCE ALROYEmail : kathyalex@vt.eduThe Kasane Biodiversity Centre is becoming better known these days as the CARACAL World of Wildlife, and it will be rebranded under this name to clearly identify it as a haven for wild animals and a vibrant centre for conservation and education in the Kasane area, definitely with the ‘WOW’ factor!   It was not the anticipated outcome of a wildlife rescue feat: a three month old male aardvark misnamed Ethel gallumphing around people’... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
 Prepared by Lawrence AlroyVital statistics: On average an adult aardvark can reach a height of 60cm, its tail measuring 50-65cm, and weighing 50-65kg. Its lifespan varies between 18 and 23 years.                                                 ... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
  By:  Eleanor HarvieCAPTION : Bringing technology to the bush.  Scout training; learning to use this portable hand-held device will be an invaluable tool to conservation and those that protect the Zambezi heritage www.conservationlowerzambezi.org www.facebook.com/clzafricaConservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is using cutting-edge technology to gather information about what scouts encounter during patrols, to produce a comprehensive picture of what goes on ‘on the ground’... Read On
 By: John Burton, Chairman Matobo Rhino Trust www.rhodesmatopos.com   farmhouse.matopos@gmail.com (John Burton)hubcapzw@gmail.com (Paul Hubbard)  In January this year the fence around part of Matopos National Park to protect its population of rhino was completed – a major milestone in an effort which showcased  successful public and private sector partnership, and which has already had significant positive results.  In the early 1960s, 13 white rhino were... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
 Skype: NCP Operationswww.nakavango.com bookings@nakavango.comAnalysis of ongoing elephant monitoring by Nakavango Conservation Programme (NCP) at the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve reveals that the reserve will start to show reduced ecological carrying capacity for elephant in the near future. The African elephant is a keystone species and their numbers in a fenced protected area need to be carefully monitored. Should a reserve become overpopulated with elephant, this will... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
  By : Pete Laver, PhDNRF Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of PretoriaPHOTO : CHARLES BRIGHTMANCAPTION : A ‘business’ of  mongoosespnlaver@gmail.com cat@yoafrica.comwww.discovervictoriafalls.com Large cats command our game-viewing attention. And deservedly so; there is nothing quite like the heart-quickening bellow of a male lion to jumpstart your morning or help (or hinder) your drifting off in your tent at... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zambia-Wildlife-Authority-ZAWA/420351424735202SOURCE : ZAWA This lion wondered far from home, but fortunately was safely relocated  before any human-wildlife conflict ocurrenceLions are known to wonder far and wide and in February this year a young sub-adult male was seen in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.  Three lions were seen at the end of 2014 in the area and his is thought to be one of them.   It is believed that the lions are... Read On
Posted In: Livingstone
Tracking evaluations have been taking place for the last 20 years, according to standards set by CyberTracker, and in October the first CyberTracker evaluations in Zimbabwe took place at the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve. Eleven candidates were assessed over two separate evaluations. Two students were evaluated as part of a three month Eco Odyssey course with Nakavango Conservation Programme, and nine rangers of the IAPF anti-poaching unit at Stanley and Livingstone also... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
Wire snares used by bush-meat poachers to capture and kill animals cause untold suffering. Recently, a female kudu was reported to have a badly injured ear; it was swollen and hanging from the base. The kudu was found and, on close examination, it could be seen that wire from a snare had cut into the ear, nearly severing it. In a joint effort between the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit and the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, the kudu was darted to see if the ear could be saved, but it had... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
The solitary painted dog chased the nyala antelope out of view towards Long Pool. We heard a splash rapidly followed by anxious canine yelps. The dog quickly returned to its pack and Long Pool became a frothy mass of angry hippos and prehistoric predators.  In the centre of the bedlam a crocodile tail rotated vertically more than a metre out of the water as another ten reptiles scavenged the prey below. We had, an hour earlier, counted two nyala during our Long Pool south walk; we now... Read On